The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science. The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts. The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies. The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods.
Chapter 33: Campaign Spending
The scholarship on campaign spending is fraught with significant normative issues associated with democratic principles and political representation. To the degree that political campaigns can spend money to influence voters, we tread into questions about the ability of those with private financial wealth or state subsidies to shape democratic outcomes. Specifically, the study of campaign spending raises questions about who influences elections and which groups in society possess the resources that translate into political power. Such questions loom large as candidates and parties in many nations spend greater sums in campaigns. It is for urgent reasons, then, that scholars attempt to understand the impact of campaign spending ...